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STOCKTON FWO: Merced River Fair, Livingston, Ca
California-Nevada Offices , May 31, 2009
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Michelle Workman, Fish Biologist with the Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office talks about habitat restoration at the Merced River Fair (photo: Shannon Brewer, USFWS).
Michelle Workman, Fish Biologist with the Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office talks about habitat restoration at the Merced River Fair (photo: Shannon Brewer, USFWS). - Photo Credit: n/a

By Michelle Workman, Stockton FWO
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service joined local agriculture and conservation groups for the Merced River Fair ,May 30-31on the banks of the Merced River in Livingston, California.  The event offered hands-on interactive activities to visitors allowing them to connect to the land and its natural habitat. The Merced River Fair provided an educational experience, teaching the importance of the precious regional eco-system, sustainability, and the value of supporting local farmers that help to feed the nearby communities.  The event was hosted by local farmers, the East Merced Conservation District, Community Alliance with Family Farmers along with other local organizations.

The Service joined with local groups, including the California Department of Fish and Game, to educate the public and local community about the river and associated resources. The organizers promoted the event as an interactive outdoor educational experience. It was a great opportunity for the Service to share its resource conservation message with the local agricultural community, and other stakeholders along the Merced River.

Hayrides filled with children of all ages made their way through the organic cherry orchard and blueberry patch down to the riverbank where they were greeted by Service biologists Shannon Brewer, Rick Burmester, and Michelle Workman. The Service staff engaged fairgoers with presentations of past, current and proposed restoration projects on the Merced River that were funded by the Anadromous Fish Restoration Program (AFRP) and answered questions ranging from predation on salmon to quagga mussel introductions in California.

  For more information on this event you can go to the organizers website or visit the Service's Anadromous Fish Restoration Program website at http://www.fws.gov/stockton/afrp/ to learn more about the Service's Anadromous Fish Restoration Program.    


Contact Info: Ramon Martin, 209-334-2968 ext. 401, ramon_martin@fws.gov



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